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Kazakhstan Military Plane Crash Kills 27

12/25/2012 12:55 PM ET

A military transport plane carrying border security officials crashed in southern Kazakhstan on Tuesday, killing all 27 people on board, authorities said.

The An-72 crashed about 20 kilometres away from the city of Shymkent near the border with Uzbekistan. Casualities of the crash included Kazakhstan's acting border service chief, Turganbek Stambekov. The authorities said an investigation was opened into the crash.

Stambekov was made the acting head of service in June, after a mass killing of 14 frontier troops in a remote Kazakh outpost near China the month before.

by RTT Staff Writer

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